Friday, 21 August 2020

Airwool Glitz

Hi loves,

Hope you all are doing well in these troubled times.  Quarantine measures has most of us home, as such, we try to find ways to keep busy while praying we nor our loved ones get exposed to the coronavirus, #covid19.

Though not home very long I too have been trying to keep busy, that being said what better way than to do something one loves.

Over the past year I've made quite a few purchases from Iceyarn. One such purchase was the air wool glitz.  After purchasing, the yarn sat idle in my yarn stash.  Days, weeks and months rolled by, still no clue what to make with this yarn.

Then comes the opportunity when a family member requested a cowl.   With the perfect pattern in mind, I set off to make her what she requested.

I honestly love using this yarn, it glides effortlessly over my needle and within hours a masterpiece was produced.

I'm not usually one to toot my own horn but I do believe I did well, what say you?








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Tuesday, 25 February 2020

High Notes

Hi Loves,

It's that time again when Petra Breakstone need test knitters for yet another one of her awesome designs.  Count me in, I said.




The name of this one is High Notes. This is such a comfy top to knit and wear.  It has a boat neckline, it's oversized, knitted in one piece with a beautiful lace border on the bottom edge of the body as well as the sleeves.  You can choose to make the lace border of the body longer or shorter.  You can also adjust the sleeve length.

I enjoy test knitting for Petra, and no it's not just the option of getting one of her many lovely pattern as a reward.  It's that I always learn something new and this pattern was no exception as I learnt the kitchener stitch.


Image result for kitchener stitch
The kitchener Stitch 



Here I am on Christmas Night enjoying my lovely top

I had so much fun completing my top that I did another one.  I followed the pattern until it's time to do the neck I decided to make some modifications and turn it into a tank top.

Front 

Back 


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Wednesday, 22 January 2020

Flirty

Hi loves,

I test knitted Petra Breakstone's Banks Skirt/Poncho and got the inspiration to make a skirt/top of my own design.

Banks photographed as a poncho.



A little about me and gauge swatches, I hardly ever do 'em. Not because I can't but more because I either don't have the size needle or thread and still want to make the item.   So when I needed to figure out how many stitches to cast on I did a half swatch (how many stitches per inch 😂😂😂).

Measured my waist, work out my cast on, cut the amount of elastic band I need... And that's how it all began.

I decided I would do the simple knit stitch to a length that would cover my bum... Then "pretty up" the tail of my skirt... The first attempt was a fail,😢😢😢😢 "bummer this doesn't look like it did in my head"🤔🤔🤔🤔

So ribbit 🐸🐸 ribbit  🐸🐸....... And guess what????

Not sorry I did, as the second attempt 😍😍😍😍.  Though it's just a basic design I am elated it actually looks like a skirt.





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Monday, 16 December 2019

Vest Anyone?

Hi loves,

I know, yes, I'm aware I knit a lot of her patterns, but when opportunity came to test knit yet another of Petra Breakstone's pattern, I just could not say no.  This time is was for her Karina Vest/Cardigan.  I had the option to do either a long or short vest and then convert in a cardigan.  The choice was made to do the short vest.

Count me in I said, a few days pass before my start date was decided and check list completed.


  • Ravelry project page created ✅
  • Yarn decided ✅
  • gauge swatch completed ✅
  • cast on ✅
  • enjoying this simple knit ✅
Upon completing my project, here comes the task of getting a "good pic".  I tried to get my not so willing model to give me a pic, but of course this was no fun to her so posing was an issue.

Even with back turn one can see the unwillingness.

don't mind that loose thread.

trying to get a close up.

still not interested in taking a pic for me.

With no "good pic" I decided to try other models (lol)......

She wasn't even willing to be the photographer (guess I was stopping her from doing more important stuff)

Me trying a thing.

tried laying it flat.
now isn't this a shame... "heng pan nail" one my say...


Feeling defeated as I was yet to get a proper pic, I pushed my finished work aside until I got what I really wanted, my very own mannequin.... 😁😁😁😁😁😁😁


No talk truth....  Just look at this... What a difference???   




Monday, 2 December 2019

Beach wear? Bikini? Swimwear?....... Please

Hi Lovies,

Do you make swimsuit? beach wear? Bikini? etc etc etc..I have heard these questions just about every time someone sees me with my yarn and needle in hand.  The answer is always "not yet".  It's not that I've never made swimwear or can't make them, it's just that I'm not confident enough as yet to advertise that I do. Why you may ask? Well.......

I need to get sizing, or do?🤔🤔🤔🤔

After much thought I decided to test my skills.  I started with a small basic bralette, playing it safe, as I didn't want to use a pattern for reference.  Loved the outcome.

Do you?



With one completed and to perfection, I decided to try a larger size. Adding a little colour along the way.



With both being a success, I got carried away and made a bikini bottom.  The bottom was a bit tricky for me, as I believe I was trying too hard.  When I finally decided to relax, it worked out in the end.





So loves, what do you all think about my attempts at free handed crochet bikinis?  Feel free to leave me a comment on this post, or on Facebook, IG or Twitter.  Until next time.... Live the life you love and love the life you live.




Saturday, 23 November 2019

Square.... No, Diamond

Hi loves,

After being approached every so often by persons asking "do you make swimwear/bathsuit/bikini", I decided to give it another try (yes, another try as I've made 2 sets in my entire career, i should be able to find and photograph)

I thought about how to make this one stand out and it came to me... Crochet two square, turn them into diamonds and work from there.  I wanted something totally different, sexy and exquisite at the same time, so I went to a bag (yes, a bag 🎒) pattern I did over 2 years ago.

It was first just supposed to be a bralette, but after completing that phrase there was just something missing. I turn to one of my mini-mes for suggestions.

"Sani, 🆘", "I need your help, this needs something, what do you think 🤔"

And you best believe she had quite a mouth full of ideas, suggestions.... All quite helpful.

That being said, my idea to just make a cute little bralette turn into a one piece. Wait, what????? How did that happen??? I don't know.........

Hmmm, you asked for help remember...  Oh yes, I did, didn't I?

First attempt... Cute..... Buttttttt.... There was still something off....

So I again........ HELP.....
This time.... From a man's perspective 😮😮😮😮.... Yup.... He was quite helpful... Three 👧👱👩 (heads) are sure better than one...

 That being said... 🐸🐸🐸🐸🐸🐸🐸 ((((rip it)))).  I frogged (pull out) the entire bottom half (oh, didn't I tell you, I was just about finish with my masterpiece with only ends to weave in, when this change came about?..... Well yes I was).

Back to the drawing board (literally as that's what he did when I asked him to draw what he was explaining).  This time I decide to make the bottom piece separate then make the connection. I am now lost for words... I'm usually not one to blow my own horn......... buttttt.......... screaming with excitement.... YES!!!!!! YES!!!! It's beautiful, one of a kind, I did it.....

Now guys..... Tell me what you all think?

Isn't it lovely

It fits a smaller butt 😉




Tuesday, 22 October 2019

I'm "Setting the Stage"

Hi Loves,

Its always a pleasure doing one of Petra Breakstone's KAL (knit-a-longs), this time its for her "Setting the stage" shawl.  The KAL started September 6th, and so did my shawl, its really a quick knit, I was able to complete mine in 2 days.  I would say a few hours of doing just this shawl, it would be completed in less than a day, its that simple.


I used one full skein and 3/4 of another of #ICEYARNS Natural Cotton  (the small bit is what is left from the skein on the left)


 
In less than 10 mins I had 44 sts on my needle.

48 sts away from my lace border

Completed

Just look at that lace work.

I was finished with my shawl, and with a whole month to basically wait I decided to start another one.  This time using Knitcrate's Knitologie Sheen in the colourway Titmouse.


This one took longer  (7 days) as I was doing 4 other projects at the same time. I was really pleased with the outcome, I also did more of the lace bit. It turns out wonderfully made, but don't take my words for it.  Take and look and let me know what your thoughts are.


Blocking

close up on the lace work.









Monday, 30 September 2019

Buffy Wuffy

Lovies,


In my quest to complete 3 of Little Owls Hut's (LOH) designs to submit to be able to become one of their testers, I was sent another link to their Buffy CAL (Crochet-A-Long). There will also be a poll at the end of the month and a prize to be won.

My pup was started on the 15th of September 2019, phase one which comprised of the head and ears was completed in 2 hrs.

ok, now I can go off to bed.


On my way to work in the taxi the following morning I completed my pup's hands and feet, and couldn't wait until I reach home to continue.


Again on my commute to work the morning after, I completed the body,  sadly I did not take my stuffing along with me 😭😭😭😭😭😭.   Sighs, oh the 10 hrs wait until I can get to stuff and complete my doggy.



After 10 long hours, I was home, with stuffing in hand I got to work on finishing my buffy wuffy.  I decided to give him a little neck tie, a red one.



Home at last and puppy all stuffed.


all done 

This cute little adventurer could not be tamed, so on a beautiful sunny morning he decided to aim for the sky, spread his paw........................................
                                                                       and climb a sweetsop tree 😂😂😂😂😂😂😂


wuff.... need to go higher


I can see the ground..

This is soooo Awesomeeeeee

ok, this view is very nice

can you see me... oooohhhh, I can see the world from here.


Airwool Glitz

Hi loves, Hope you all are doing well in these troubled times.  Quarantine measures has most of us home, as such, we try to find ways to k...